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All That Heaven Allows

Douglas Sirk

 
All That Heaven Allows (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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  • United States
  • 1955
  • 89 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.75:1
  • English
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  • Spine #95

This heartbreakingly beautiful indictment of 1950s American mores by Douglas Sirk follows the blossoming love between a well-off widow (Jane Wyman) and her handsome and earthy younger gardener (Rock Hudson). When their romance prompts the scorn of her children and country club friends, she must decide whether to pursue her own happiness or carry on a lonely, hemmed-in existence for the sake of the approval of others. With the help of ace cinematographer Russell Metty, Sirk imbues nearly every shot with a vivid and distinct emotional tenor. A profoundly felt film about class and conformity in small-town America, All That Heaven Allows is a pinnacle of expressionistic Hollywood melodrama.

Cast

Cary ScottJane Wyman
Ron KirbyRock Hudson
Sara WarrenAgnes Moorehead
HarveyConrad Nagel
Alida AndersonVirginia Grey
Kay ScottGloria Talbott
Ned ScottWilliam Reynolds
Mick AndersonCharles Drake
Dr. HennessyHayden Rorke
Mona PlashJacqueline de Wit
Jo-AnnLeigh Snowden
Howard HofferDonald Curtis
George WarrenAlex Gerry
ManuelNestor Paiva
Mr. WeeksForrest Lewis
Tom AllenbyTol Avery
Mary AnnMerry Anders

Credits

DirectorDouglas Sirk
ProducerRoss Hunter
ScreenplayPeg Fenwick
Based on the story byEdna L. Lee and Harry Lee
CinematographyRussell Metty
Art directionAlexander Golitzen and Eric Orbom
Set decorationRussell A. Gausman and Julia Heron
EditingFrank Gross
MusicFrank Skinner

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholars John Mercer and Tamar Jeffers-McDonald
  • Rock Hudson’s Home Movies (1992), a groundbreaking essay film about the actor by Mark Rappaport
  • French television interview with director Douglas Sirk from 1982
  • Excerpts from Behind the Mirror: A Profile of Douglas Sirk, a 1979 BBC documentary featuring rare interview footage with the director
  • Contract Kid: William Reynolds on Douglas Sirk, a 2007 interview with the actor, who costarred in three Sirk films, including All That Heaven Allows
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Laura Mulvey and an excerpt from a 1971 essay on Sirk by filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder

    New cover by Robert Hunt

Film Essays

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All That Heaven Allows: An Articulate Screen

By Laura Mulvey June 10, 2014

Once dismissed as mere Hollywood melodrama, this tale of forbidden love in fact evinces the expressiveness and complexity of Douglas Sirk’s cinema. Read more »

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Jane Wyman and All That Heaven Allows

By Farran Smith Nehme June 19, 2014

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Film Essays

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All That Heaven Allows: An Articulate Screen

By Laura Mulvey June 10, 2014

Once dismissed as mere Hollywood melodrama, this tale of forbidden love in fact evinces the expressiveness and complexity of Douglas Sirk’s cinema. Read more »


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A Splash of Red

May 08, 2014


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XOXO

February 14, 2014


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Blue Christmas

By Michael Koresky and Casey Moore December 19, 2013

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Heavenly Autumn

September 20, 2012


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Clippings

Two in Technicolor

January 11, 2011

Two critics recently have reminded their readers about a couple of Criterion’s most luscious Technicolor treats. First, in the Nashville Scene, Jim Ridley sings hallelujah for Douglas Sirk’s . . . Read more »


Clippings

Rosenbaum on Soul

August 06, 2009

Jonathan Rosenbaum has been posting a lot of his past work on his (relatively) new blog, a real boon for cinephiles, as the former Chicago Reader critic’s archives are four bounteous decades . . . Read more »


Features

The Sirk-Hudson Connection

By Mark Rappaport January 21, 2009

It’s a clichéd truism that moviemaking is a collaborative art. Of course it is, and there are dozens, if not hundreds, of examples of directors working time and again with the same crew members, . . . Read more »